The Colour Purple (out Jan 25) is a musical based on the 1982 book and 1985 movie. There are too many poorly developed subplots but the film still carries a strong emotional heartbeat because of Fantasia Barrino’s lead performance. Through her demeanor and facial expressions, we feel the suffering when she is abused, and feel the joy when given the chance to make a decision independent of the domineering men around her. Grade: B.